InterManage Daily News 03.05.2019

1. Iranian VLCC disabled, under tow in Red sea
Crude oil tanker HAPPINESS I loaded with some 140000 tons of oil loaded at Kharg Island Oil Terminal, Iran, suffered reportedly, engine and steering failure in Red sea south of Jeddah, while sailing in Red sea, in the morning Apr 30, with Suez shown as port of destination. Tanker drifted until morning May 1, reportedly issuing distress call and asking for assistance.
2. Scorpio Tankers books profit in “dramatically improved” product tanker market
Scorpio Tankers reports an income of USD 195 million for a first quarter in which improved market conditions raised the top line and turned a deficit positive.
3. Bangladesh’s 2nd LNG Terminal Starts Operations
Bangladesh has commissioned its second LNG terminal with the launch of operations of FSRU Summit LNG offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal. According to Excelerate Energy, the FSRU completed commissioning of the LNG terminal, owned by Summit LNG Terminal, on April 29, 2019. The terminal has a send-out capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of natural gas.
4. Hunter Tankers Secures Short-Term Loan from Apollo Asset
Hunter Tankers, a subsidiary of Norwegian investment company Hunter Group, has signed a short-term USD 3 million revolving credit facility agreement.
5. Maersk invests in digital freight forwarder
FreightHub, Europe’s first digital freight forwarder, has raised $30m in its Series B financing round. Rider Global, a venture fund founded by logistics experts, took the lead in this funding round and was welcomed as a new investor together with Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk. Existing investors Northzone, Global Founders Capital (GFC) and Cherry Ventures also took part.
6. Scientologists’ Cruise Ship Quarantined for Measles
The Church of Scientology’s cruise ship, the Freewinds, has been quarantined at the port of St. Lucia after the local government learned of a confirmed case of measles on board.  The Freewinds reportedly has 300 passengers and crewmembers on board, and one female passenger has been diagnosed with measles. St. Lucia’s coast guard confirmed the vessel’s identity to American media.
7. Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report
Robbers reportedly boarded an anchored bulk carrier at Callao port on 26 April and escaped with the ship’s stores. The robbery was noticed by crew on duty at about 0100 hrs local time. The local port authority was informed of the robbery. PGI Analysis: Robberies at Callao port have increased in recent months, highlighting an increased threat to vessels operating at the facility. Robbers are often armed but reports of violent incidents are rare.
8. SAL Heavy Lift and Intermare Group Creates – SAL Heavy Lift, Italy
SAL Heavy Lift GmbH and Genoa based Intermare Group is very happy to announce the appointment of SAL Heavy Lift, Italy as the official representative for SAL in the Italian market.
9. MESPAS joins forces with NETVISION to provide a leading-edge software package for technical ship management and crewing
oth MESPAS and NETVISION constantly strive to meet the needs of ship managers and provide them with best-of-breed software in their specialist areas. Now MESPAS, the Zurich-based leading technical software specialist, is joining forces with NETVISION, the Singapore-based leading provider of maritime crewing software, to provide something special: a best-of-breed, complete software package.
10. UK Chamber of Shipping: Speed reduction regulation will slow low-carbon transition
The shipping industry committed last year to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050, with an interim 2030 target of 40% carbon intensity below the 2008 baseline. Next month, the IMO is going to discuss possible measures that will assist the low-carbon transition in the industry. Among all the submissions on potential measures, the proposals from France and Greece for prescriptive speed reduction regulation and introduction of a ship fuel consumption cap are expected to be divisive.


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